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Adventure in Sarajevo: Day1

“Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it.”

Comments from my old blog:

mom said: what can i say, at your age you are not supposed to listen to your mom, but there are times when i wish you would. you know, stay in the city, don’t be alone, etc, etc. it sounds very exciting, lots of great memories to look back on. so glad you are back, safe and sound & writing your update. love ya, mom at 2004-03-02 13:10:48

derek said: Mom, the city is IN the mountains. They’re IMpossible to avoid. The grass I almost walked across was only 100 feet from some houses. It’s not like all this craziness/mines are separate from where people live, or out in the boonies or something. at 2004-03-02 13:17:21

mom said: i know, i know, i just haven’t been out of Petrolia in awhile!!!!!hugs, mom at 2004-03-02 23:07:03

(James Trott (UK))[] said: Derek, there are WAYS of checking for landmines, (not that i know anything about anything of this nature of course) and you can see them for the most part as nearly all have some sort of external moving part so that they could be armed in the first place, generally the exposed part of the mine is very small though. So a keen eye, failing that a few rocks from behind shelter GOOD shelter, is the other, baring in mind a landmine with the right kind of ground can have an effective range of about a 200 metre radius. There is a third method involving soft stepping where if you feel anything under foot you dont put any pressure, its gotta be the daftest idea ever.

I agree though they are a total plague on humanity! The WORSED ones ever, are the ones that are banned (but since when did anyone that lays landmines listen to that?!?!?) i forget what theyre called, but when you trip them they jump up to about 5ft spinning at quite a few RPM, then detonate sending out they’re payload of 5mm ball bearings or steel cubes. You can see them in the movie “Badboys 2” right at the end, those things are an utter monstrosity.

I feel for the man who put his energies into developing something like that. I wonder if he regrets it? at 2004-03-03 09:21:52